Local band spotlight: Ground to Machine
With the horrid influx of talentless, commercialized (and grossly monetized) music, it becomes more and more interesting to get introduced to a group that plays what they feel, want and have a passion for, rather than just trying to become the next iPod commercial.
We all know that like any other opinion, musical likes and dislikes are usually a personal choice. But with all the mass-media force-feeding going on these days in practically all mediums (TV, commercials, soundtracks, radio, internet, etc), I sometimes wonder if the general public has stopped even trying to open their ears to something that doesn't sound like the latest hot release. I think our standard of "what's good" has gone way downhill.
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting two of the members (Kiirstin Kuhi and Nestor Aponte) of a local five-piece band here in Hoboken, Ground to Machine.
After sharing our introductions and what we did with our lives, it was logically obvious that Hoboken411 reviewed their work.
They sent me two of their songs to listen to. And to be quite honest, it wasn't what I'm used to hearing these days from original bands. It caught me off guard actually. At first, I didn't know what to think. But as I listened to each track, I started hearing the complexity, the originality and the diversity of their music. Are they typical 4/4 radio songs with a verse, chorus and a catchy bling-like lyric? No. Are people used to this? No. Does it deserve to be listened to? Yes.
As I mentioned above, I think that gap is widening these days between artists that produce quality work, and those that make record companies money. Furthermore, I think that there are less bands playing because they love it (regardless if they make it big or not), but are motivated by a huge payout. As a result, groups start trying to be like the last band that hit it big, and become less focused on making music they love.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being motivated by artists you love. The ones that may have inspired you to become a musician in the first place. As long as you have a true musical passion for it.
After listening to GTM's tracks, I found them to be very surprising and wide-ranging. The dual lead guitars, rapidly changing tempos, and sophistication brought back long-forgotten memories. You can hear their musical influences very clearly. Each song had a good bang for the buck. Heavy pounding drums to an open, light slow-down. Definitely not simple tunes.
Kiirstin's influences were System of A Down, 311 and No Doubt, but I hear other familiarities, such as the musical change of pace from the early Rush days, to the spacey sound of a Stereolab. To a Metallica crushing groove.
The songs I've heard were certainly a good ride, and I'd like to see them play one day soon to hear how they sound live.
Here's their upcoming schedule:
|The Stone Pony||Asbury Park, NJ|
|The Monroe Center for the Arts||Hoboken, NJ|
|The Knitting Factory||NYC, NY|
|Kenny's Castaway||NYC, NY|
And the two tracks they sent me you can listen right here, by clicking the play button.
My Manic Words
Smiles and Clothes
Go down to the Monroe Arts Center this Saturday, and check them out!!
They also supplied a full bio. READ THAT HERE .